All posts by Judith Greenaway

Judith is a Sydney theatre worker who was ‘born in a trunk’. With a lifelong passion for all performing arts, she has turned her hand to many jobs in film, TV and live theatre. Ranging from earning pocket money for trimming the back legs off tables, so they sat flat on raked stages to owning her own touring theatre company. A lighting designer by trade, Judith experiences performances with a technical eye and an understanding of the jobbing actor and the theatrical bedrock which supports them.

Anything Can Happen In a Gallery: Kiss of the Gallery Guard

From the prolific pen of Carol Dance (Future Seekers, Indian Embrace) comes KISS OF THE GALLERY GUARD.  Scene Theatre Sydney returns to the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct of Sydney this May with the world premiere of a show which breaks the mould of traditional theatre by including piano music, a soirée atmosphere and a most unusual story.  Continue reading Anything Can Happen In a Gallery: Kiss of the Gallery Guard

Hitting the Heights at the Hayes

Ryan Gonzalez as Usnavi in Blue Saint Productions’ IN THE HEIGHTS                             Photography: Grant Leslie


IN THE HEIGHTS playing at the Hayes Theatre is a stunning success.  There’s brio is the barrio and blood on the keyboard in this driving, pulsing, fast-paced offering from Blue Saint Productions. It’s a skyrocket of a show as it speeds through with firecracker dancing, singing and musicianship. Continue reading Hitting the Heights at the Hayes

It’s a Party and We Have Tickets to a Preview

The Party is directed by Sally Potter and features perhaps the greatest British ensemble of all time, headed by Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson and Timothy Spall. It’s very punchy, very political, very intellectual and the cast shine in their most comedic roles of their careers.  It conveys sharp and timely commentary about politics, feminism, long-term relationships, same-sex families and human behaviour through fast-paced comedic dialogue. Continue reading It’s a Party and We Have Tickets to a Preview

Regular Theatre-goer? Have Your Say on Lock-out Laws

City of Sydney is reviewing the rules which control trading hours and areas for businesses opening at night in the city. These include bars, cafes, restaurants, shops and entertainment and music venues that stay open later than 10pm.

They are seeking the public’s views on where and when late-night trading should happen in Sydney.  This consultation will close at 5pm on Friday 30 March 2018.

There is an on-line survey or download the Sydney Your Say app from the App Store(External link) or get it on Google Play(External link) for chances to be rewarded for your feedback.

More information at the City of Sydney website.


Anish Kapoor said in 2003, “One of the great currents in the contemporary experience of art is that it seems to come out of the experience of the author.”  In the show playing at the Factory Theatre nothing could be truer.

The show with the unwieldy name, SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM – OPENING NIGHT is a satire of contemporary art practice written by someone who obviously knows his contemporary art with set pieces designed and expressed by someone who knows how to satirise contemporary art.  The production is very entertaining when it hits full art criticism, unfortunately in its current form that is too seldom.  There is enough, though, to make the experience worthwhile. Continue reading SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM – OPENING NIGHT

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

An eclectic group of sixth-graders arrives at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. Sweet and shy Olive brings only her best friend (the dictionary) with her to the bee; bold and hyperallergic speller William Barfee uses his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness; former champion Chip is struggling with his burgeoning puberty; easily distracted Leaf is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger; overachiever Marcy is disappointed by her consistent success; and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre only wants to impress her gay dads. Continue reading The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

2018 Moran Contemporary Photo Prize Semi-finalists Announced

This image: Junior Mullet Festival Contestant – Isabella Moore
Banner Image: Cows are Home – Felicity McMaster

The Moran Arts Foundation has  announced the semi-finalists for the 2018 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, one of Australia’s most highly regarded photography competitions.  Continue reading 2018 Moran Contemporary Photo Prize Semi-finalists Announced

Patricia Cornelius Play for Lower Garden Theatre Project

Lower Garden Theatre Project presents Patrica Cornelius’ SHIT

The Lower Garden Theatre Project will be presenting Patricia Cornelius’ unapologetic and grungy Australian play SHIT. Established in late 2017, this production will be a part of their fresh slate of productions, off the back of their inaugural venture into Sydney’s independent theatre scene. Continue reading Patricia Cornelius Play for Lower Garden Theatre Project

An Invitation Under the Sea: Little Mermaid In April

Banner image: In rehearsal, Jaime Hadwen as Ariel and Michele Lansdown as Ursula.

Birdie productions is in rehearsal for THE LITTLE MERMAID to play 13th-22nd April 2018 at the Bryan Brown Theatre in Bankstown.

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. Continue reading An Invitation Under the Sea: Little Mermaid In April

MCA’s ‘Stories and Ideas’ Page: a Sydney Visual Arts Staple.

This image: Clothilde Bullen, MCA, Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections and Exhibitions
Banner image:Sun Xun, image courtesy the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong, © the artist

For those times when it’s too hot to get out for a visual arts adventure, there is always the Museum of Contemporary Arts STORIES AND IDEAS page.  With curatorial essays, insightful interviews, videos and more, it’s great reading and a terrific insight into and beyond MCA’s collection and exhibits.  Continue reading MCA’s ‘Stories and Ideas’ Page: a Sydney Visual Arts Staple.

Matriark Are Monstrous in Art Month

Illustration & Photography by Aleisa Jelbart and Scott Parker

Matriark Theatre Company‘s playful, roaming, shaggy, vibrant, quirky, chilled-out monsters will be hanging out in public spaces around Sydney during Art Month.

The Monstrosities are a roaming performance created for Art Month Sydney, bringing to life  underappreciated, urban spaces in Sydney. A family of giant, colourful, roaming monstrous creatures who will be hanging out in parks, basketball courts, skate-parks and bus stops around the city. Neon-coloured, shaggy and infinitely chill; like a colourful, tripped out manifestation of Where the Wild Things Are. 

With creature design is inspired by prominent graffiti murals from around the South Sydney area, The Monstrosities will first emerge on the 22nd March in the Green Square/Waterloo area as a part of Art Month Sydney, but expect them to pop up in a park or community space near you later in 2018!

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Australian premiere of ‘To the Hands’ : Bel a cappella

Bel a cappella will be presenting TO THE HANDS, a stunning work by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.  The recital will also include the final movement of JS Bach’s Partita No. 2 for solo violin in D minor with added choral interpolations from various chorales, as well as a new arrangement for string quintet and organ of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem.  Under the baton of Conductor Anthony Pasquill. Continue reading Australian premiere of ‘To the Hands’ : Bel a cappella

The Carousel: Part of KXT Step Up Festival

Photos: Felicity Tchorlian

A deadline.  A pet spider.  A bucket list budget.

THE CAROUSEL will play at the Kings Cross Theatre as part of the KXT Step Up Festival.  THE CAROUSEL is a new Australian play that explores the limits of unconditional love between sisters.

Christa and Jamie (Alex Francis and Tasha O’Brien) are sisters. Together they are embarking upon the treacherous transition between girlhood and womanhood. As girls they learn about the horrors of life, and as young women they inevitably start to live them. Christa wants Jamie to start living, Jamie refuses to leave the house. Continue reading The Carousel: Part of KXT Step Up Festival

Josephine Wants to Dance: World Premiere at Monkey Baa

Monkey Baa, the award-winning theatre company for young people, is proud to present the world premiere of Josephine Wants to Dance, a new Australian play based on the celebrated picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley.

Adapted for the stage by Monkey Baa’s Creative Directors Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry, this landmark Australian production brings to life the iconic children’s book, set in Shaggy Gully, with stunning costume and set design, a hilarious original musical score and talented local cast. Continue reading Josephine Wants to Dance: World Premiere at Monkey Baa

One Way Mirror: Observation and Complicity


This image: Mark Langham & Sheree Zelner
Banner image: Alison Benstead Angus Evans & Ash Sakha

It may be true, as ONE WAY MIRROR suggests, that modern actors are the truth-tellers yet when Thespis stepped out of the chorus to become someone else, there were riots in the Athenian capital.  How dare a person pretend to be another?  ‘Actors are Liars’ screams extant graffiti.

Liars indeed.  The particular actor-liars in this production are characters who are paid to use their acting skills as academic sleight of hand.  Little or no truth is told by these characters.  However, the truths extrapolated by their professorial observers are presented with increasing scepticism and moral concern to the audience.  It’s a fine premise for this new Australian work presented with commitment and coherence by the director and cast. Continue reading One Way Mirror: Observation and Complicity

Rendezvous at Orlofsky’s: Rockdale Opera in Cabaret

RENDEZVOUS AT ORLOFSKY’S CABARET is a program of well-known arias, songs, ensembles and choruses from opera, operetta and Gilbert and Sullivan presented by the Rockdale Opera Company Ensemble and an extremely talented group of young principals. Continue reading Rendezvous at Orlofsky’s: Rockdale Opera in Cabaret

Cinema ’68: Landmark films from a landmark year at AGNSW

This image: ‘Once Upon a Time In The West’ (detail)
Banner image: ‘Lucia’ image courtesy Contemporary Films Ltd

The Art Gallery of New South Wales film series marks 50 years since the events of 1968 shook the world.   Cinema ’68, the new season of the free film series at the Art Gallery of NSW, marks 50 years since the events of a remarkable moment in time – the year 1968 – radically reshaped the social, political and cultural global landscape. Continue reading Cinema ’68: Landmark films from a landmark year at AGNSW


SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM – OPENING NIGHT  is a satire on art practice.   “It’s opening night at the Sydney Contemporary Art Museum and things are not going well.”  A play about modern art, love and elephant dung… and suicidal Santas!   And we have 10 double tickets to give away to the real opening night. Continue reading IT’S A SCAM AND YOU ARE INVITED.

Rudy and Cuthbert: Mood Improver at Old 505

Photos: Phil Erbacher


Hear the word in your head and what image springs to mind?  Do you have circus and red noses appear before you?  Or is it the Marceau-like French clowning fraternity. Healers in frightwigs and doctor’s coats?  Or are you Coulrophobic and recoil from the thought?  Whatever associations interpolate with the word, I bet it’s big.  Big and broad.  And probably loud.

That is not what is going on at Old 505 theatre at the moment.  RUDY AND CUTHBERT are clowns of a different water.  No squirting flowers here.  Bonded together by a shared suit, the characters are innocents unleashed.   Ostensibly in front of us to perform that classic of naturalism, 12 ANGRY MEN, Rudy (Toby Blome: he wears the suitcoat) and Cuthbert (Zelman Cressey-Gladwin: he wears the pants) will create a world of love, empathy and hope that lifts the spirits engendering a joyous calm to take out into the storm.  Continue reading Rudy and Cuthbert: Mood Improver at Old 505